3 days in Köln, Germany

If you read my post about New Year (just here if you didn’t), you know that I try to spend every New Year’s Eve in a different country. This time, it was Germany and I traveled alone.

I didn’t want to rush myself and wanted to take my time so I spent 3 days in the same city instead of moving in differents cities like I sometimes do. It was so relaxing to spend time alone without any stress, any plan, any timetable or anything. Just, me, meeting a city for the first time.

I am not about to give you a specific itinerary that you can follow if you go to Köln. I clearly didn’t follow one. I’m just gonna share things I’ve seen and done during those 3 days. Keep in mind that I did everything by foot as, for me, it’s the best way to explore.

Köln Cathedral

Impossible to miss it; it is absolutely huge. I was really impressed by it and went to observe it many times and took a lot of pictures. I went inside once but it was so crowded, I didn’t stay long.

New Year’s Eve

As I was traveling alone, I thought I would be spending New Year’s Eve alone as well but not exactly. There were a few concerts in front of the Cathedral followed by some fireworks so I thought it would be great to go. Only a few minutes after the concert started, a little group of people began to talk to me. We ended up singing, dancing and laughing until 3 am. I can now say that for the first time in my life, I spent New Year’s eve with complete strangers haha. I mean, if travelling is not about experiences, what is it about?

Winter Market

As usual, I hadn’t plan my visit but I knew there was a huge Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. Unfortunately, it was until the 23rd of December and I arrived the 30th. I was quite disappointed as I had seen beautiful pictures of it everywhere on the Web.

But, while wandering in the streets I found this : Heinzels wintermärchen. A winter market. I was so happy and it truly was magical. Not that big, but more than wonderful.

German classics; currywurst and glühwein were everywhere. I wish I could say I tasted them and they were delicious. The truth is I was petrified that people wouldn’t understand me as everything was written in German. Shame on me, I know. It does make a great excuse to go back in Germany though.

Street Art

I love street art and it must be the only of the few things I look online before a trip : where to find street art. The Ehrenfeld quarter was the place to be. I don’t exactly know how much time I spent there, admiring the walls, taking pictures, looking at details and being amazed. But it clearly was a lot. I can’t really draw or paint anything so I am always impressed by what people can actually create. I would love being able to draw even a cat but let’s face it, I can’t without it looking like a potato.

Hohenzollern Bridge

The bridge leads to Köln Cathedral from Deutz and is famous for his love locks. Lovers fix locks on the bridge then throw the key into the Rhein river to prove their love to each other.

While crossing the bridge, I saw that some people had pictures of their locks and were trying to find it years later … How romantic! Especially for me, walking alone and single haha.

Coloured houses

I love bumping into those streets were buildings make me think of a rainbow. Especially when the weather is grey, it is always nice to admire them for a few minutes. Sometimes, I just need to appreciate things like that to make me happy.


It’s a chain of bakeries and there were so many of them in Köln! I couldn’t stop myself but stare at the bretzels and berliners everytime I walked past one. Can I say it is one of my favourite places in Köln? #fatlife

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”

Rosalia de Castro

Have you ever been to Köln? Would you like to visit one day? Any tips for my next trip? Tell me everything in the comments section down below!

With love, Anaïs

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  1. Germany fascinates me and I’ve always wanted to visit! I think I t’s amazing that you managed to do all of this on your own. I don’t know if I would have the confidence to travel alone or the street smarts when it comes to navigating my way around haha

    1. Thank you Rebecca! 💕

  2. props for doing all this alone, I wouldn’t have the guts! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip and so many beautiful photos, I really need to plan more trips away! Your New Years Eve sounds incredible as well!

    1. Thanks a lot!! I had a great time indeed x

  3. Germany seems like such a great place to visit! I love the pictures! xx

    Lucy |

    1. Thank you Lucy x

  4. Very adventurous to do it alone Anais. Looks like you definitely made the most of it! It looks really charming

    1. Thank you so much Tina!
      As I said, it was a relaxed trip even though I walked a lot haha and such a nice trip indeed x

  5. It’s so crazy to me that you spend new years in a different country each time! One of my life goals is just to go to a German Christmas market and ooooo my god your pictures just made me want to go even more!!

    1. Well it’s the third year now but I’m planning to keep my goal as long as possible!!!
      Aw thanks Lav! xx

  6. What a lovely place! I’ve never been but would love to see it, and not just for the donuts! love that you do most of your exploring by foot, that’s what I like to do, I think you just get a better feel of a place

  7. This looks like an incredible trip! I have never been to Germany, but this makes me really want to go! Also love your tradition of spending New Years in different places! Xx

    1. It was a really nice trip indeed! I’m glad that it made you want to go hahah
      Thanks xx

    2. It was indeed! Thank you x

  8. kattieh says:

    I’ve always wanted to go Koln, it looks like such a beautiful and interesting place to visit!

    1. It is a beautiful city, indeed! x

  9. Oh my gosh! This trip looks totally magical and your photos are beaut. I’m super impressed you went alone I’m way to much of a scaredy-cat to travel by myself ha! Rach x

    1. Thank you so so much! As I said in a previous post, I don’t wait for people anymore to travel with me otherwise I would be home most of the time, no thank you haha

  10. It looks like you had a wonderful time there, and I love your idea of spending New Years in a different country every time! You took some great pictures and i especially loved the colourful houses when everything else is dull. Great post!

    Paige x

    1. Thank you Paige! xx

  11. So awesome that you traveled alone and even made some friends and had a great time!

    1. Thank you!!

  12. The street art here looks amazing ♥ I considered this city for the Christmas markets before picking Warsaw but I will definitely be wanting to visit this city one day x Your photos are amazing too, great post.

    1. It was amazing indeed!!!
      Thank you so much Ellie 💕

  13. Rhyme & Ribbons says:

    I haven’t visited Koln before, but like you I love bumping in to streets of the colourful burgher houses. They are definitely something I wish there was more of in the streets at home. x

    1. You should visit it one day then 😉 x

  14. Wow! This all looks incredible! You’re so brave for travelling alone, I really wish I could do it.

    I hope you had a great New Years! x

    1. Thank you so much!
      Once you start traveling alone, there’s nothing that can stop you afterwards really! x

  15. I love how you’ve found yourself a great company at the concert! Which musicians were playing?

    1. They were not famous I think or at least I didn’t know them haha at one point, there was a huge choir, it was really nice!

  16. I haven’t heard of this place but it looks fab! Ashamed to say I haven’t even been to Germany yet 😂 thanks for posting!!

    1. You shouldn’t be ashamed but put it on the list of the places you want to go one day hahah x

  17. Your photos are beautiful for one! And that castle looks amazing! Too bad it was so crowded. I would have hated that. But I’m glad you still enhoyed your new year.

  18. jasonlikestotravel says:

    Interesting read, I’ll have to check out the Ehrenfeld district when I go back. I’m glad you had a good New Years 🙂

    1. Yeah you should, I simply loved it! 🙂
      Thanks for reading and commenting x

  19. I did not know it was such a beautiful city. I’m impressed. I have to go there. Thank you for this inspiration 🙂

    1. Oh I’m glad I’ve inspired you, means a lot!! You’ll love Cologne, such a beautiful city xx

  20. Wonderful trip

    1. Thank you so much!! Xx

  21. Germany is one of my all time favourite places, not only did I live there for 6 years, but I’ve been back numerous times since! I’m visiting Frankfurt in a couple of weeks, and I admit it, I am going especially for a cuurywurst! You must have one!! It’s so worth getting lost in translation for! Lovely post and great photos xx

    1. Oh wow, 6 years it must have been great!!
      I hope you’ll have a wonderful time in Frankfurt!
      Don’t worry about the currywurst, I’ll go back to Germany especially for that hahahah

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